Fire Phone slammed for poor environmental performance
A blog on the Greenpeace Environmentalist blog has criticised the new Amazon Fire phone over its poor environmental performance and the secrecy that surrounds the company.
Blog Aurthor David Pomerantz reports that Amazon has made no commitments to power its data centers with renewable energy.
This is a major issue for a phone whose headline features include unlimited photo storage. Storage of such data uses data centres that use vast amounts of power. Amazon has so far failed to reveal the source of this power and campaigners believe the company relies heavily on fossil fuel (around 85% of total energy used) generated power for these facilities.
This lack of transparency extends to the Fire phone itself. When asked by Greenpeace this summer for information about the environmental impact of the Fire phone, Amazon did not respond.
The blogger also compares the phone to Apple's iPhone. Greenpeace say that Apple has led the way in removing toxic chemicals like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) from the iPhone and all of its accessories. The Fire phone sadly still relies on these materials.
According to the blog, Amazon’s lack of transparency makes it hard to assess them, but some independent arbiters have taken a crack at the Fire phone anyway. iFixit, an organization that promotes making devices more repairable, gave the Fire phone a repair ability score of 3 points out of 10. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus earned a 7 out of 10.
The blog however didn't compare the Amazon Fire phone to the Fairphone, recently released in the UK through the Co-operative broadband and mobile.
The Fairphone was an Ethical Consumer best buy in our most recent report on mobile phones scoring 14 compared to Apple's 7.
The Fairphone is the first smartphone that puts social values first, built with conflict-free minerals and made in a factory with a worker-controlled welfare fund. Unlike the iPhone it has a removable battery and many replaceable components significantly increasing the phone's life span.
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